Have you noticed it? The slight increase in Korean artists in anime? In my reviews of both Fairy Musketeers and Erin I mentioned the influences of Korea and how that likely affected the art styles and story, despite the language and main market still being Japanese. But running into a few Korean credits at the end of a show isn’t all that uncommon anymore. For example, while most shows contain only Korean names and perhaps Korean art, a few shows have gone further. Black Blood Brothers, for example, actually has a Korean song for its ending theme.
And if you play any amount of MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), you’re probably familiar with how close to Japan’s anime style Korea can get. After all, most popular MMOs originate in Korea. Yet seasoned fans of anime can probably catch a few of the main differences, such as lighter pallets, rounder faces and, of course, writing being in the straight lines with circles design unique to Korea instead of the simplified Chinese based kanji of Japan.
It’s safe to say that Japan has been a major influence on Korea, considering their art styles as of late. However, it’s quite possible the Korea is making an impact now as well. And their alliance should make sense. Both countries are quite close to one another and, though they share a very torn and painful history, both have also moved forward in terms of their government. On the darker side, they also share a common enemy: North Korea.
All this to say that Korea is becoming more attached to Japan and vise versa. So the next time you’re listening to an ending theme for a show, pay attention to the credits. If it’s spelled out in English letters, but isn’t an English name, you might be watching a show touched by Korea.